- A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment, and allows appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis.
- PADs may be drafted when a person is well enough to consider preferences for future mental health treatment.
- PADs are used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.
“Answers to Questions and Instructions for Use in a Declaration for Mental Health Treatment”
A helpful guide, authored by the Mental Health Association of Idaho and the Idaho chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.